Shepherd routs Shenandoah in home opener

November 27, 1996


Staff Writer

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The way Shepherd College coach Denny Alexander sees it, if you want artistry, go to a museum.

But if you were a Rams fan looking for victory, the Butcher Athletic Center was the place to be Tuesday night.

The Rams didn't set the basketball world on its ear during their 104-70 home-opening victory over Shenandoah University, but the picture was pretty enough for Alexander.

"Everyone got to play at least five or six minutes, and even with all the changing, the defense allowed only 70 points," Alexander said. "That's tough to do. That's a major improvement, but I'm still glad to get the win."


Shepherd (1-1) was opportunistic and forceful to get the victory. Consider:

  • The Rams scored 38 points off 29 Shenandoah turnovers, including 27 points in the first half when Shepherd jumped to a 60-29 advantage.
  • Shepherd controlled the glass, outrebounding the Hornets (0-1) 59-43. On occasions, the Rams had two or three shots at the basket.
  • All 15 Shepherd players played and 14 scored, five in double figures. Ron Fitzpatrick led the Rams off the bench with 15 points and Richie Sutherland had 10 points and eight rebounds. Billy Blake led Shenandoah with 14 points.
  • The Rams hit only five jump shots in the game, including three 3-point goals in the first half. Still, by scoring off rebounds and turnovers, Shepherd managed to shoot 44 percent for the game.

"We are emphasizing steals and possessions this season," Alexander said. "If you get steals and layups, you don't have to shoot well."

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